Operations of the Office of Legal Counsel

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The Office of Legal Counsel has as its primary function the responsibility of providing professional advice and legal services to the Board of Regents. As lawyers for the Board of Regents, the attorneys in the Office serve as legal advisors to the organization acting through its duly authorized constituents including the Board of Regents, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the presidents and administrators of the five institutions in the OSU/A&M System. In the performance of these services, the lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel should exercise independent professional judgment and render candid advice and, in doing so, may refer not only to the law, but to other considerations such as moral, economic, social, and political factors that may be relevant.

The General Counsel reports directly to the CEO and to the Board of Regents and is the chief legal officer for the Board of Regents, the institutions and their constituent agencies. This responsibility includes the management of the Office of Legal Counsel, supervision of its legal and support staff and the selection, coordination and supervision of all outside legal counsel in delivering the services required of that Office.

The Office of Legal Counsel shall investigate complaints and any other matters that are brought to its attention and/or as are deemed appropriate on its own initiative. Counsel shall keep the Board of Regents and CEO informed of matters which may pose significant risk to the Board of Regents or its institutions.

Counsel shall be free at any time to consult directly with the Chair of the Board of Regents, the Chair of any Board of Regents Committee, the CEO of the Board of Regents, and the presidents and administrators of the institutions; and to require from any office or officer of the institutions such information and records as shall be necessary for the performance of his/her duties. All institutional administrators shall fully cooperate with the CEO and the Board of Regents legal staff, and all records, documents and other information relevant to the management of all institutions and other entities under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents shall be available to the agents of the Board of Regents.

The CEO, in consultation with all institutional presidents, shall conduct an annual performance review of the General Counsel, which shall be provided to all members of the Board of Regents.  As part of this review, the CEO shall conduct a survey of clients regarding the performance of the General Counsel and the Office of Legal Counsel.   

The annual budget for the Office of Legal Counsel shall be administered by the CEO as is the current practice for other budgetary operations of the Board of Regents.

Approved Date: 
June 20, 1997
Revised Date: 
April 22, 2011
January 20, 2012
March 1, 2013
June 21, 2013